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Bree McEwan

Associate Professor

CCIT and Graduate Appointment Department of Sociology

BA, Michigan State University
MA, Arizona State University
PhD, Arizona State University


  • High, A. C., Ruppel E. K. McEwan, B. Caughlin, J. P. (2023). Computer-mediated communication and well-being in the age of social media: A systematic review. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 40(2), 420-458. 
  • Carpenter, C. J. & McEwan, B. (2023). Self-esteem as a moderator of the message congeniality effects. Western Journal of Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10570314.2022.2147403
  • Sumner, E. M., McEwan, B., & Ramirez, A. (2023). General, network, and communicative characteristics of Facebook use in relation to quality of life during older adulthood. Communication Reports, Online First. https://doi.org/10.1080/08934215.2022.2121977
  • McEwan, B., & Fox, J. (2022). Before the how: The whats and whys of studying social media. In A. Quan-Hasse and L. Sloan (eds.), Social Media Research Methods, 2nd edition. Sage. 
  • McEwan, B. (2022). How to Research Diffusion of Information on the Internet. Sage Research Methods: Doing Research Online. https://methods.sagepub.com/how-to-guide/how-to-research-diffusion-information-internet
  • Boyd, A.* & McEwan, B. (2022). Viral paradox: The intersection of ‘me too’ and #MeToo. New Media & Society, Online First. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221099187
  • High, A. C., Ruppel, E., McEwan, B., & Caughlin, J. P. (2022) Computer-mediated communication and well-being in the age of social media: A systematic review. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221106449
  • Guerrero, L. K., & McEwan, B. (2022). Interpersonal Encounters: Connecting through Communication. Sage. 
  • McEwan, B. (2021). Modality switching to modality weaving: Updating theoretical perspectives for expanding media affordances. Annals of the International Communication Association, 45(1), 1-19 https://doi.org/10.1080/23808985.2021.1880958


Dr. Bree McEwan’s research focuses on the intersection between interpersonal communication and communication technology. Her book Navigating New Media Networks explores how communication technology, in particular social media facilitates interpersonal communication processes and relationships. She has published two measures, the Facebook Relational Maintenance measure, and the Perceived Social Affordances of Communication Channels scale. Dr. McEwan’s recent projects involves tests of an original theory of online information diffusion, the Mediated Skewed Diffusion of Issues Information theory, and exploring how people interact within virtual reality environments.


Social Media
Mediated Networked Relationships
Virtual Interactions
Virtual Reality Pedagogy
Current Courses
CCT208F Research Methods, CCT386S Information Practice in Virtual Worlds, CCT416S Social Media Analytics